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New GW...??

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 12:19

Look....give  the prog a chance 

many of us asked for an hour's prog.  We have one....!!!! 

This year we have had more garden progs than ever.....I am happy for one

agree about Toby Buckland.  a highly knowledgeable presenter who got bogged down by a poor format. Enjoyed his experiments with new plants and his lateral thinking.  

Removing clover from lawn

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 12:05

Had a quick check Newb.

wait a month before sowing .....I think Weedol is quickly dissipated.  I used Verdone for patches of clover for a while and reseeded a week or so later;   seed germinated well.  Apparently Weedol is Verdone.  Watering will help dilute any weedkiller

so, last week in September.  Still good time to sow grass seed 

Removing clover from lawn

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 11:54

Hello Newb, 

no, no need to spray again this year.

yes, water your lawn now 

not sure how persistent Weedol is ..I will check...but I would sow seed in a few days.  A week since applying Weedol so I would say it is safe.

any cautions on the packet?  


Posted: 31/08/2016 at 11:46

Sarah, cut it back NOW if you are convinced it has mildew.  Are the stems and leaves covered in a grey white "powder" ?  If so, cut it back NOW.  (If not it is not mildew).   Clear away debris, spray with a fungicide or choose something organic like neem oil, and apply a mulch.  It will regrow soon enough...several weeks yet for this.

however, on the edge of a plum tree canopy is far from perfect.......leaf marks, spots can be for a whole host of reasons and it could even be because of the leaves on the tree. where it is the same problems will occur again.  

if there are clean, fresh shoots you could use them as cuttings but, really I would dig it up.  

a sound principle in gardening is to grow a plant where conditions suit it.  Otherwise it will fail or look awful.  Grown in the right place and the plant will "smile" and make you smile.    treat yourself to another penstemon...colours from white,,pink, blue, red  to dark purple...and plant it in the sun.  Take cuttings from it next year too.  Grow a hardy geranium in place of your poorly penstemon.

New GW...??

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 08:47

It's a no from you then! 

New GW...??

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 08:26

a one hour GW this Friday.

from the little I heard it will tick a lot of boxes 

one hour?   We all wanted that.

guest presenters incl plantsmen and growers......perfect for me.

I will look forward to it.  At least, it seems, the powers that be are taking notice of us 

Poly tunnel

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 08:19

Perhaps Hostafan is around....he is the expert on polytunnels cornishpixi 

fragrant patio suggestions please

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 23:25

The very best plants for summer fragrance are Regale lilies and heliotrope Chatsworth Willinglearner.  The lilies flower in June and the heliotropes from early July to autumn.

i have more than a score of heliotropes in pots in strategic the front and side doors,,along pathways, where we sit and elsewhere.  The scent...cherry/vanilla ..of these cherry pie plants is fantastic on any warm sunny day.  For me, there is no more imtoxicating scent as it wafts everywhere.  

I would also add lippia citriodora...lemon verbena...and salvia elegans, the pineapple sage.  These two plants release very strong lemon and pineapple scents respectively when touched or brushed against.  Nice where we sit.  

With these plants you will recline in sublime bliss....your olfactory senses will thank you most profusely next summer 

My flowers ... (2)

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 19:25

Ruffled Swan etc posted as promosed on "anyone done gardening ". thread aym 


Posted: 30/08/2016 at 18:55

No, not rust Sarah,

i have a feeling the ground may be a little wet there or perhaps a tad shady....?

i find penstemons rarely show signs of disease or distress if grown in full sun and in very free draining soil.  

Where do you grow it?  Do you water it maybe too offen? 

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